Breaking the South Slav Dream

Breaking the South Slav Dream

The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia

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'... Kate Hudson's welcome and timely work explains the real reasons for the break-up of Yugoslavia with rigour and clarity.' --Alice Mahon MP

This book provides a revisionist history of the rise and fall of Yugoslavia. Assessing the geo-political and geo-strategic reasons for its creation and dismemberment, it is an important corrective to much contemporary theorising about the destruction of the Yugoslav state. In particular Kate Hudson draws attention to the role of foreign states whose involvement in Yugoslavia did much to destabilise the region, and explains how and why this happened. Tracing the state's origins from 1918 through war and the Tito years, she explains the distortion of the socialist economy resulting from Yugoslavia's unusual position between the two Cold War blocs, and the economic collapse of the 1980s as part of the US's drive for a free market. She also investigates the true causes and effects of the recent wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo and brings the book up-to-date with an analysis of Milosevic's downfall, and events in Macedonia and Montenegro.

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Nationalist ideas in the 19th century lay behind the aspirations of southern Slavic people for liberation from great powers, says Hudson, whose background is not noted. She explains how the US. British, and French supported the founding of Yugoslavia after World War I as a bulwark against German and Soviet expansion, and especially after its split from the Soviet Union in the late 1940s. When the communist threat was ended, however, western powers worked to break up the federation into small and easily manipulated countries. Distributed in the US by Stylus. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; Sterling, VA : Pluto Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780585489001
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 192 pages)


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